Knitting to support women and children

Celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day in Qualicum Beach June 8 or take part in a knit-in June 11

BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO Jennie O’Connor

BRENDA GOUGH PHOTO Jennie O’Connor

BRENDA GOUGH

NEWS Contributor

A group of local knitters have been busy making items for the those who use Haven Society programs.

The Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville/Qualicum (CFUW) has been supporting the Haven Society for over 10 years now with donations of cash and supplies, and a group of knitters who belong to the club took on this project.

Several hand-knitted washcloths have been packaged with a toothbrush, toothpaste and soap and will be handed out to those who have experienced violence and turn to the Haven Society for help.

Every year over 3,500 women and children seek support to recover from physical, sexual and psychological abuse and violence, and Haven’s programs include providing shelter, emotional support, counselling, advocacy and most importantly a safe place to begin healing from abuse.

Jennie O’Connor, owner of Let’s Knit! in Qualicum Beach, said several knitters from Qualicum Beach were busy knitting and purling more than 100 washcloths which will now be handed out to those who use the services provided by Haven Society.

O’Connor said closer to the fall they will ask their knitters to create hats, scarves and mittens to be donated.  They will also ask for eight-inch squares in machine-washable yarn which will be put together as throws.

O’Connor is also inviting the public to come and knit on the lawn beside the Qualicum Beach Visitors Centre on Saturday, June 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for World Wide Knit in Public Day (WWKiP). The event was started in 2005 and is now the largest knitter-run community event in the world.

Because knitting can be a solitary act, the event began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each others company.

O’Conner said she organized a WWKiP Day when she had her shop in Port Alberni last year but admitted it wasn’t well attended. But she hopes this will be the start of a great tradition, she said.

The day is about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity enjoyed by people of all ages, not just little old grannies.

Those who want to join the knit-in should bring a chair, water, snacks and a project.

Another knit-in will take place June 11 from 11:30 until 1:00 near the fountain at Town Hall.  If it rains for either event knitting will take place at the library.

 

 

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